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Franca Barraclough: The Visitors

Nov. 9th - Feb. 9th 2020
Araluen Arts Centre: Galleries and Theatre
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Pre­sent­ed by Aralu­en Arts Centre

Fran­ca Barraclough’s The Vis­i­tors is a visu­al sur­vey of peo­ple, paths and sto­ries woven through the soci­o­log­i­cal land­scape of con­tem­po­rary Cen­tral Aus­tralian cul­ture, a dis­til­la­tion of poignant local imagery har­nessed to give an artis­tic account of the impacts and influ­ences on desert life. The mak­ing of these large – scale pho­tographs involves Bar­r­a­clough engag­ing, chore­o­graph­ing and col­lab­o­rat­ing with a diverse range of local com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers in unique, inim­itable and immer­sive expe­ri­ences. Repro­duced with all the gloss of tourism adver­tis­ing, each image is allur­ing but also doc­u­ments the par­tic­u­lar pres­sure of liv­ing in Cen­tral Aus­tralia, the com­bi­na­tion of extreme weath­er, remote­ness and cul­ture-clash against a back­drop of ancient, pow­er­ful land­scapes. These works speak to the push and pull’ of liv­ing here, of belong­ing and not belong­ing, of a land­scape that simul­ta­ne­ous­ly repels and holds, emo­tion­al­ly and psychologically.